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The Barn of Chapel Hill Wedding of Blair & Alex

Amazing Vendor Team:

Venue: The Barn of Chapel Hill

Florist: The Barn of Chapel Hill

Caterer: City BBQ

Hair and Make Up: Courtney Hughes (The Makeup Team of NC)

Dress Boutique: Alexia’s Bridal Boutique

Videographer: Morgan Scott Films

Planner: Vision Events

Cupcakes/Cake: Sweet Traditions – Wake Forest, NC

Officiant: Ed Sansbury with Triangle Custom Ceremonies

DJ: Eric Hodgden with All Around Raleigh DJ Company


The Meadows at Firefly Farm Preserve Wedding for Dale & Jake

Dale & Jake by Kivus and Camera at The Meadows at Firefly Farm Preserve All Around Raleigh DJ


Like many of our clients, Dale & Jake live out of state so we planned everything electronically.  We have so much experience with this now that the process is pretty well refined and everything went off without a hitch!  Working with a wonderful planner like Amy at Knots ‘n Such always helps a ton too.  Dale & Jake chose The Meadows at Firefly Farm Preserve for their wedding venue. This venue is BRAND NEW and STUNNING.  This was only the second event their but you wouldn’t have guessed it because the whole amazing staff was prepared for everything and ready to help at a moment’s notice.  The rain may have been relentless and cold but these clients and their guests were so good-spirited, fun and ready to celebrate that it didn’t even matter. They had a wonderful ceremony inside the larger wedding space and then everyone came next door to The Green Room to dance and celebrate the second half of the night.  Check out the very impressive photos below from Kivus and Camera!

To start their reception, we brought the bridal party in to “Fire and the Flood” by Vance Joy.  Their guests were excited, loud and clearly ready to rock!  The amazing dinner by Fresh.Local.Good Food Group followed and then immediately after that we did the cake cutting and toasts. After toasts (really fun toasts btw!), we all watched as Dale & Jake had their first dance to “Ocean’s Away” by Arizona which was followed by “Stand by Me” by Ben E King for the Mother/Daughter Dance and the Mother/Son Dance to “She’s Always a Woman’ by Billy Joel.”  Now, we should say that all wedding parent dances are special but the song Jake chose for his Mom’s dance was a surprise to her and she cried on her son’s shoulder for the whole dance….we had to look away! At first Dale and Jake were going to give us playlists for dancing but after some thought, they decided that wanted to give us complete freedom to choose the music. We do appreciate the trust y’all!  Turns out that we got to throw this amazing couple one of the most amazing parties ever with a packed dance floor for two solid hours which was capped off with the very fun ‘Inspector Norse’ by Todd Terje. From Jake’s review on Google: “He helped take the reception from good, past memorable, and made it all the way to legendary occasion amongst our friends.”   Thank you to Dale & Jake for reminding us why we love our job so much!

Here are Dale & Jake’s reviews of our DJ service:

“”When “Africa” by Toto started playing during the reception, I knew we had found the right D.J. Every song was perfect and perfectly timed, and Eric listened to all requests and read the room really well. He talked to everyone and was a great emcee for the toasts. We loved working with Eric and would recommend him wholeheartedly to anyone else who’s looking for a wedding D.J.!” – Dale (Read this review online)

“”I got this.” These were the words Eric gave us in an email the night before our wedding. Let me tell you, he wasn’t kidding. He was absolutely phenomenal in every way. He wasn’t just a part of the wedding, but a boon to the wedding. He he helped take the reception from good, past memorable, and made it all the way to legendary occasion amongst our friends. If you need a DJ for any situation, All Around Raleigh DJ will be the best you’ll get.” – Jake (Read this review online)


Check out Dale & Jake’s Wedding Vendors!

Venue: The Meadows at Firefly Farm Preserve

Coordinator and Florist: Knots ‘n Such

Photographer: Kivus and Camera

Caterer: Fresh.Local.Good Food Group

Linens: CE Rental

Wedding Cake and Desserts: Cuisine Lucette

Hair and Makeup:  Parlor Blow Dry Bar

Transportation:  White Horse Private Transportation

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31 Garter Toss Songs for Your Wedding Reception

Welcome to All Around Raleigh DJ Company!  Are you looking for a fun song for your wedding Garter Toss?  You’ve found the list of our 31 favorite Garter Toss songs below. We are a wedding DJ company based in Raleigh, NC.  We do a lot of weddings and we think these are great garter toss songs for your wedding.  Some I’ve seen and played and some are just my picks that I’m hoping to see one day.  Enjoy and have fun!


1.  Hot in Here – Nelly

2.  Beat It – Michael Jackson

3.  Legs – ZZ Top

4.  Rico Suave – The Escape Club

5.  Bad to the Bone – George Thorogood

6.  Stray Cat Strut – Stray Cats

7.  Let’s Get it On – Marvin Gaye

8.  I Like It Like that – Dave Clark Five

9.  I’m Just a Gigalo – David Lee Roth

10.  Shaft

11.  Another One Bites the Dust – Queen 

12.  If You Think I’m Sexy – Rod Stewart

13.  Baby Daddy – B-rock & the Biz

14.  Secret Agent Man – Johnny Rivers

15.  Keeps Your Hands to Yourself – Georgia Satellites

16.  Freddie’s Dead – Curtis Mayfield

17.  Mission Impossible Theme    

18.  Oh Yeah – Yellow

19.  Pretty Woman – Roy Orbison/Van Halen

20.  The Stripper – David Rose

21.  Jaws Theme  

22.  Super freak – Rick James

23.  Wild Thing – Tone Loc

24.  Strokin’ – Clarence Carter

25.  Da Butt – E.U.

26.  Bad Boys – Inner Circle

27.  Foxy Lady – Jimi Hendrix

28.  Just a Gigilo – David Lee Roth

29.  Sharp Dressed Man – ZZ Top

30.  I’m Too Sexy – Right Said Fre

31.  Treat her Like a Lady – Cornelius Brothers

31 Mother/Son Wedding Dance Songs

Courtesy of Caroline Scott Photography


One of our favorite moments at a wedding is when the parents finally get to dance with their children!  Here are 31 great picks for your 2018 Mother/Son dance at your wedding!  There are some unique and original, some slow and traditional, oldies, country and rock.  We are Raleigh’s most requested wedding DJ company!  Check these out on our Youtube page!

1.  Stand by Me – Ben E. King

2.  How Sweet It Is – James Taylor

3.  Letter to my Mother – Edwin McCain

4.  Thank You Mom – Good Charlotte

5.  My Mom – Tony Bennett

6.  You’ve Got A Friend In Me – James Taylor

7.  A Song For Mama – Boyz II Men

8.  God Only Knows – Beach Boys

9.  You Raise Me Up – Josh Grobin

10.  Through The Years – Kenny Rogers

11.  Up Where We Belong – Joe Cocker

12.  Simple Man – Lynyrd Skynyrd 

13.  I Hope You Dance – LeAnn Womack

14.  I’ll Be – Edwin McCain

15.  Have I Told You Lately – Van Morrison

16.  What A Wonderful World – Louis Armstrong

17.  Here Comes The Sun – Beatles

18.  I Wish You Love – Natalie Cole

19.  Just The Way You Are – Billy Joel

20.  Days Like This – Van Morrison

21.  Romeo and Juliet – Dire Staits

22.  I’ll Have To Say I Love You With A Song – Jim Croce

23.  Sitting On The Dock Of The Bay – Otis Redding

24.  Like Jesus Does – Eric Church

25.  Bridge Over Troubled Waters – Simon & Garfunkel

26.  Blessed – Elton John

27.  Lovely Day – Bill Withers

28.  My Baby – Blake Shelton

29.  My Wish – Rascal Flatts

30.  Mama – BJ Thomas  

31.  Just Watch Your Mama and Me – Waylon Jennings

Caitlin & BJ’s Sunday Wedding at Caffe Luna in Raleigh, NC!

Caitlin & BJ were married and had their wedding reception at the casual, comfortable and spectacular Caffe Luna restaurant in downtown Raleigh, NC.  These two were so fun and laid back and they really let their personalities come through on their wedding day.  They chose some super fun and unique songs and were not afraid to make it ‘their’ day!  What a great couple to work with!

Caitlin was nice enough to write All Around Raleigh DJ a fantastic review and you can read it HERE.

We had a fabulous time working with the great vendors below and we know that you will too.  Please take a few minutes to look at their sites and drop them a line.  Please remember to tell them where you found them!

Event Coordinator: Sweet SaraBell Southern Weddings and Events was amazing to work with as always.  This wonderful team of event planners helped make Caitlin & BJ’s wedding day perfect.  Thanks SaraBell!

Venue: Caffe Luna is one of our absolute favorite venues to DJ at!  If you are looking for a casual, elegant, comfortable venue with absolutely amazing food then this is your wedding venue.

Photographer: Three Seventeen Photography was awesome to work with and awesome enough to share the spectacular photos below with us.  We love working with Niki and we highly recommend her!

Videographer: Stan Chambers Jr Photography did a fantastic job capturing the moment.  He worked really hard to capture the moment without being in the way. Great job Stan.

Makeup: Christy Ponte got rave reviews from Caitlin and her bridesmaids.  We look forward to working with Christy again soon!

Linen Rentals: CE Rentals provided Caitlin and BJ with fantastic linen rental service.  Every single wedding that we do is a CE Rental wedding and they always take care of things beautifully.

Florist:  Fallon’s Flowers once again provided perfect floral arrangements for our bride and groom.  They always deliver.

Wedding Cake:  Simply Cakes provided Caitlin and BJ with a perfectly designed and delicious wedding cake.  Very classic and very delicious!


Caitlin & BJ’s

Wedding Planner

October 5th, 2014 

Caffe Luna, Raleigh, NC

4 pm – DJ set up and playing music

4:15 – Ceremony Begins

  • Prelude Songs are instrumental versions of: ‘You Are Always on My Mind’ by Willie Nelson, ‘Drift Off to Dream’ by Travis Tritt, ‘Let Her Go’ by Passenger, ‘Remember When’ by Alan Jackson
  • Seating of Family song is ‘God Gave Me You’ by Blake Shelton (instrumental)
  • Bridal Party song is ‘ Love Your Love the Most’ by Eric Church (instrumental)
  • Bride’s Entrance song is ‘Weenie Ride’ (instrumental w/out saxophone)
  • Recessional song is ‘You Are the Best Thing’ by Ray LaMontagne

4:30 to 4:55 – Cocktail Hour

5:00 – Grande Entrance

  • Song is ‘I Believe in a Thing Called Love’ by The Darkness
  • Bobby & Amy
  • Darrin & Christin
  • Josh & Meghan
  • Mr & Mrs BJ and Caitlin!!

5:05 – Dinner Begins

  • Blessing by Larry, Welcome by Joe

6:00 – Toasts

  • Best Man Darrin, Maid of Honor Amy and Matron of Honor Christin

6:00 – Cake Cutting

  • Song is ‘Sugar, Sugar’ by The Archies

6:05 – First Dance

  • Song is ‘You Make It Look So Easy’ by Eric Church (start 30 seconds in)

6:10 – Father/Daughter 

  • Song is ‘My Little Girl’ by Tim McGraw
  • Joe and Caitlin

6:15 – Mother/Son Dance

  • Song is ‘Simple Man’ by Shinedown (end at 3:40)
  • BJ and Deborah

6:20 – Party Time!!

8:00 – Expected end of Caitlin & BJ’s Wedding Spectacular


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The Barn of Chapel Hill Bridal Bash Open House

We were invited to come out for the first time and be a part of an amazing night at The Barn of Chapel Hill and it was so much fun! We were invited out by the pros at Magnolia Grove Weddings and Events who threw a wonderful open house Bridal Bash and really nailed it with all of the small details.  We joined a stellar wedding vendor team and treated the brides and grooms to be to a fun night of music, food, champagne, great lighting and even a little dancing!  The Barn of Chapel Hill is one gorgeous and unique wedding venue.  If you have not had the chance to visit yet then you need to make it out for a tour.

The good folks running the show let us have a little fun and show off our uplighting which we were very happy to do.  Take a look below to see how we painted the outside and inside of the barn in multiple different colors to wow the guests pulling up.

Check out the vendor team that helped make it special!

Venue: The Barn of Chapel Hill

Coordinator: Magnolia Grove Weddings and Events

Photographer: Six Foot Photography

Caterer: Scarborough Fare Catering

Sorbet Dessert: Sweet Water Ices

Specialty Gifts: Shelby Dillon

Photo Booth: Snap It Photo Booth

Lighting Design: All Around Raleigh DJ



Carrie & Albert’s All-Smiles Wedding at The Barn at Valhalla in Chapel Hill, NC

We met Carrie & Albert for the first time over bagels and coffees and we immediately understood how amazing this couple was! They were both highly educated, deeply caring and very genuinely nice people which may help explain why we love our job so much. We got to work an amazing team of wedding vendors but most of our interactions were with Leah from C&D Events. Leah really made our job easier with so many moving parts and the ceremony “off the grid” down in the trees. The Barn at Valhalla is one of the unique wedding venues in the area and has an amazing story which is exactly why Carrie & Albert chose it to host their wedding guests.  Check out the photos below from Annie Watts Photography!

For the ceremony, Carrie chose  ‘Sea of Love’ by Cat Power for her entrance song and they chose the Star Wars Throne Room song as their recessional.  Albert’s Dad was the officiant which always makes a ceremony a little more sentimental.

The cocktail hour music was provided by a jazz quartet of students at the University of North Carolina  and they were so much fun and really sounded great.  We took over and brought the bridal party in to “You’re Love Keeps Lifting Me Higher” by Jackie Wilson then we dropped that out and announced the newlyweds to their first dance song ‘La Vie En Rose’ by Louis Armstrong.  The Father & Daughter Dance and then the Mother & Son dance were followed by a very warm and special welcome by Carrie & Albert.  Dinner was a combination of upbeat contemporary, wedding dinner classics and jazz.  The Matron of Honor and Best Man brought down the house with two short but amazing toasts and then we were off and dancing!  Everyone was so genuinely happy and fun that it really made for a fun and memorable night for us and for everyone else involved too. You’re really going to enjoy the photos from Annie Watts Photography below. Thank you Albert & Carrie for letting us be a part of your wedding day!


Check out Carrie & Albert’s Wedding Vendors!

Venue: The Barn at Valhalla

Coordinator: C & D Events

Photographer: Annie Watts Photography

Caterer: Neomonde Mediterranean

Linens: CE Rental

Wedding Cake and Cupcakes: Bella Cupcakes

Hair and Makeup: Radiant NC

Jonathan & Kyle’s Sophisticated Wedding at The Stockroom in Raleigh, NC

Kyle & Jonathan had the wedding of their dreams at The Stockroom in downtown Raleigh which is rustic yet refined and perfect in every way!  We got to know Kyle & Jonathan really well in the months leading up to this affair and enjoyed every minute of it. From the first moment we knew this would be a fun but challenging wedding with lots of new traditions happening. The guys chose Sweet SaraBelle as their wedding planner. Sarah and her team are AMAZING and did not disappoint. There were so many unique and amazing touches to this wedding like the giant chandelier from Themeworks, romantic and exciting uplighting, their ceremony arrangement with guests surrounding them and, oh by the way, a drag show or two!

The playlist was a mix of contemporary, energetic, fun and timeless. We started off their wedding reception with their grand entrance to ‘Chasing the Sun’ by The Wanted and then we went directly into a They chose ‘Because You Loved Me’ by Celine Dion for their First Dance but we had some fun and *record scratch interruption* into a performance by the drag queens! Below you can see the great shots captured by Shane Snider Photography who is so, so easy to work with and very impressive.

We would like the world to know that All Around Raleigh DJ is a very LGBT / same-sex friendly wedding DJ!  Our company policy is Same Love, Same Rights.  We always have and always will support every person that wishes to be married and will provide everyone with the same respect due to them.  Since very early on, we have had a PAGE on our website dedicated to announcing our support for the LGBTQ community.  We are proud to say that we have helped hundreds of Mr. & Mr. and Mrs. & Mrs. clients have the same crazy, insane and fun wedding that we ALL wish for!


Check out Kyle & Jonathan’s Talented Wedding Vendor Team!

Venue: The Stockroom

Coordinator: Sweet SaraBelle

Photographer: Shane Snider Photography

Caterer: Caffe Luna

Chandelier Rental: ThemeWorks

Linens: CE Rental

Wedding Cake Baker: Cakes by Chloe

Photo Booth: All Around Raleigh DJ

Floral Design: Sweet SaraBelle

Wedding Ceremony Officiant: Ceremonies by Katherine

Wedding Lighting: All Around Raleigh DJ

Amanda & Sam’s Sweet Wedding at Noah’s in Morrisville, NC

Amanda & Sam had such a great wedding day at Noah’s Event Venue in Morrisville!  We titled this blog with the adjective “sweet” because there was tons of cake, cupcakes, cookies and every other type of dessert you could imagine all perfectly baked and ready to be enjoyed.  Amanda & Sam were so fun to meet and get to know through our in-office meetings, phone calls and e-mails. Needless to say, we were excited to help them have a great day.  Plus, just look at how photogenic they are in these great photos by Cor Photography!

We started off the wedding reception at Noah’s with the Grand Entrance to ‘Forever’ by Chris Brown which has to be one of our all time favorites!  Sam & Amanda then went directly into their first dance which was ‘Love Story’ by Taylor Swift which was a first for us.  It was awesome!  There are slow parts and fast parts to that song which were perfect for these two as they didn’t want the dry, same old, heave first dance song and they had a ton of fun with it.   After a dinner filled with casual contemporary hits, the newlyweds cut the cake to ‘How Sweet It Is’ by James Taylor then they decided to combine the Father/Daughter and Mother/Son Dances to ‘In My Life’ by The Beatles.  Aaaaaamazing champagne toasts by Amanda’s sister and Sam’s Dad followed.  We kicked the dance floor open right after that and never looked back!  They had a really fun and modern playlist for us that included Kygo, Imagine Dragons, Bruno Mars, Florida Georgia Line, Ellie Goulding and tons more with lots of current hip-hop thrown in to keep their guests on the dance floor.

Best wishes to Sam & Amanda!


Here are the wonderful vendors that Amanda & Sam chose!


Venue: Noah’s Event  Venue

Wedding Coordinator and Planning: C&D Events

Photographer: Cor Photography

Caterer: Rocky Top Catering

Linens and Rentals: CE Rental

Wedding Cake and Cupcakes: Simply Cakes

Wedding DJ: All Around Raleigh DJ

Wedding Photo Booth: All Around Raleigh DJ

Floral Design: Tre Bella Florist

Wedding Ceremony Music: Arioso Strings

Hair and Makeup: The Makeup Culture

Transportation: Raleigh Dream Limos

25 Best Shag and Beach Music Songs for your Wedding Reception Party

Katrina & Kalep by Sarah Morrel Photography at The Cloth Mill at Eno River

Katrina & Kalep by Sarah Morrel Photography at The Cloth Mill at Eno River

Let’s admit it, not everyone at the wedding is going to want hip-hop so here is a list of great shag and beach music songs specifically for your 2018 wedding reception but they are good anytime!  We should know because this area is known for the best shag/beach songs in the country.  Beach music is a lot of fun and some really good dancing music!

The All Around Raleigh DJ Company is based in Raleigh, NC and specializes in DJ’ing for weddings, private parties, corporate events, bar mitzvahs and bat mitzvahs, pool parties and any other event where you need great music!

1. Carolina Girls – General Johnson

2. With this Ring – Platters

3. I Love Beach Music – Embers

4. My Girl – Temptations

5. Sixty Minute Man – Billy Ward

6. Under the Boardwalk – Drifters

7. Miss Grace – Tymes

8. Summertime is Calling Me – Catalinas

9. Myrtle Beach Days – Fantastic Shakers

10. What You Do To Me – Embers

11. Shama Lama Ding Dong – Otis Day and the Knights

12. 39-21-46 – Showmen

13. Stay – Maurice Williams

14. Cool Me Out – LaMont Dozier

15. Lady Soul – Temptations

16.  Dancin’, Shaggin’ on the Boulevard – Alabama

17.  Ocean Boulevard – Band of Oz

18.  My Guy – Mary Wells

19.  You’re More Than a Number in My Little Red Book – Drifters

20. Be Young, Be Foolish, Be Happy – Tams

21. Just a Gigolo – Louis Prima

22. She Used to be my Girl – O’Jays

23. Build Me Up Buttercup – Foundations

24. Girl Watcher – O’Kaysions

25. Some Kind of Wonderful – The Band of Oz